Total number of U.S. military deaths and names of the U.S. troops killed in the Iraq war as announced by the Pentagon yesterday:
Lance Cpl. Neil D. Petsche, 21, of Lena, Ill.; 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif. Killed Dec. 21 in Anbar province in a vehicle accident.
Staff Sgt. Donald B. Farmer, 33, of Zion, Ill.
Sgt. Berry K. Meza, 23, of League City, Tex.
Both soldiers were with 180th Transportation Battalion, 13th Corps Support Command, based at Fort Hood, Tex. Killed Dec. 19 in Shuaybah, Kuwait, in a vehicle accident.
Total fatalities include three civilian employees of the Defense Department.
A full list of casualties is available online at www.washingtonpost.com/nation
SOURCE: Defense Department's www.defenselink.mil/newsThe Washington Post